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22 Exciting Ways To Cook With Chia Seeds

No need to be scared of these bad boys. Because really, they're food's perfect accessory.

1. Glazed Peanut Butter and Jelly Doughnuts with Strawberry-Rhubarb Chia Jelly

halfbakedharvest.com

PB&J 4 EVER. They make being a good couple seem so easy. Recipe here.

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2. Vanilla Chia Seed Pudding

detoxinista.com

Of course you have this pudding for breakfast! Recipe here.

3. Quinoa Salad with Feta and Chia Seeds

fifteenspatulas.com

Quinoa and chia seeds are a total power couple. Find the recipe for this refreshing salad here.

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4. Chia Seed Pancakes

honestcooking.com

If you're gonna do pancakes, you might as well try to make 'em a lil healthy! Recipe here.

5. Seed and Nut Bread

honestcooking.com

This bread can, and will, handle anything you want to throw at it. It's a super bread! Recipe here.

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6. Delicious Vegan Chili

ohsheglows.com

Chia seeds are the ~ secret ~ ingredient for this recipe, because they secretly bulk up the sauce. Mmm, mmm.

7. Gourmet Pizza with Cauliflower Base

modernveganista.com

Yeah, you read that right. EVEN IN PIZZA CRUST. You can do anything! Recipe here.

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8. Mini Morning Egg Bites

thehealthyapple.com

There is so much goodness going on in these lil egg bites. Take 'em on your morning commute, or maybe even have them as brinner (breakfast for dinner, obvs). Recipe here.

9. Chocolate Chip Banana Oat Waffles

itsybitsyfoodies.com

This recipe satisfies your sweet tooth in the morning while still being chock-full of nutrition.

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10. Spinach, Kiwi, and Chia Seed Smoothie

joythebaker.com

Adding chia seeds into smoothies is a really easy way to get 'em in your tummy. Recipe here.

11. Rosemary Almond Crackers (Two Ways)

rawmazing.com

Who knew there were basically, like, four ingredients needed to make crackers?

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12. Cherry Limeade Chia Fresca

lexieskitchen.com

An extremely delicious way to stay refreshed during any summer heat. You let the chia seeds soak up all the cherry lime-y goodness to get all good and gel-y. Recipe here.

13. Vegan Meyer Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

minimalistbaker.com

The recipe states you can subsitute chia seeds for the poppy seeds, which makes this vegan, decadent recipe even better.

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14. Gluten-Free Coconut Carrot Bread

thehealthyapple.com

Carrots and coconut, together at last. Recipe here.

15. Apricot Banana Energy Bars

modernveganista.com

For a tasty and healthy on-the-go breakfast! Recipe here.

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16. Quinoa Patties with Eggs and Spinach Pesto

naturallyella.com

Were you looking for an amazing and protein-packed way to start your day? Look no further! Recipe here.

17. Chia Surprise Muffins

ohmyveggies.com

This surprise is...jam on the inside of the baked muffin! Genius. Recipe here.

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18. Chia Teff Salad with Lemon Scallion Dressing

thehealthyapple.com

This salad might use a gluten-free grain you've never heard of, but it all comes together for a refreshing summer dish.

19. Roasted Chia Cauliflower

ohmyveggies.com

Crunch + health = YUM! Recipe here.

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20. Magical Blueberry Vanilla Chia Seed Jam

ohsheglows.com

Making your own jam is already pretty easy, so why not throw some chia seeds in the mix? Recipe here.

21. Oatmeal Chia Berry Crisp

ohmyveggies.com / eastewart.com

Eat it for breakfast or dessert, and you'll be so very happy you did. Recipe over here.

22. 3-Minute Vegan Maple Oatmeal Cookie

ohsheglows.com

Mixing ground chia (or flax) seeds with water creates an easy egg substitute. Also, this recipe takes THREE minutes to make, so you have no excuse not to try it out!

So, what do chia seeds actually do for you?

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• Chia belonged to the diets of the Mayans and the Aztecs; in fact, "chia" got its name from the Mayan word for "strength."

• There are nearly 11 grams of fiber and 4 grams of protein per each 1-ounce serving. (That's about 42% of your recommended daily intake of fiber, which is poop-er important.)

• The powerful seed also has a ton of the omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids; this is good, because we cannot produce them on our own, and they help keep us pretty.

• An ounce of chia seeds also contains about 18% of your recommended daily calcium intake. This is three times more than a serving of skim milk would give you!

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